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  • v. To weep angrily; to howl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To howl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To howl, either threateningly or in weeping.
  • In coal-mining, to break down: said of the roof or sides of a mine.
  • n. Another spelling of ghoul.


Old English gaulen, goulen. Compare yawl (intransitive verb). (Wiktionary)



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  • A Scots term expressing magnitude and emptiness, as in an unco gowl of a house, a large empty house. --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    June 14, 2011

  • JM thinks most people shut their eyes to gowl.

    February 16, 2011

  • 'To weep in anger more than in sorrow, sulkily and vindictively, rather than in penitence.' Mackay

    June 14, 2010